The Project: V2™ Premium vacuum press uses your air compressor to generate vacuum for veneering and clamping. This system automatically shuts off air flow to the vacuum generator (called a 'venturi') when the desired vacuum level is reached so your compressor does not run continuously. Your compressor will only turn on as pressure is needed to refill its air tank. No modifications are done to your air compressor.
The builder's kit for the Project: V2 Premium™ vacuum press consists of 33 pieces including an upgraded Mac valve, check valve, and most importantly, a more powerful venturi that moves a whopping 5.5 CFM of vacuum. And if that's not enough vacuum flow for you, we now offer an insanely powerful 9 CFM version.
The kit includes the core components of the press including the venturi vacuum generator. Some additional items will need to be purchased at your local hardware store. The standard system is adjustable from 10.5" to 25.5" of Hg. An alternate vacuum controller for low vacuum applications is available here.
The kit instructions and parts list is not included with the kit itself. You must download the instructions (which includes the parts list) at the link below.
Be certain that your air compressor can generate the flow (CFM) required by the version of the V2 system that you wish to order.
@ 80 PSI
@ 90 PSI
|Vac Pro Premium 5™||
4' x 15'
|Vac Pro Premium 9™||
6' x 15'
Kit Instructions: PDF Download
The builder's kit contains all of the parts shown below. Please see the kit instructions for a list of the additional required parts which are available at most hardware stores.
(Items marked with * are not shown in the picture above)
Why is the Project: V2 Kit our top selling vacuum press?
Speed: The Project: V2 system will create vacuum faster than previous versions of our venturi system.
Strength: This system is designed around a very powerful venturi which is capable of creating up to 25.5" of Hg at sea level.
Power: The Vac-Pro Premium venturi pulls an astonishing 5.5 CFM of air.
Vacuum Storage: With an affordable ball valve and integrated barbed fitting, the system can be pre-charged with vacuum pressure to increase the initial pull down speed.
Adjustability: The vacuum controller has an adjustment screw that allows you to dial in your desired level of vacuum. You'll find that 21" of Hg is ideal for most veneering projects.
Air Efficiency: This system requires less than half of the CFM of pressurized air compared to the previous model. This means even smaller compressors can pull down average size vacuum bags.
Electrical Efficiency: The V2 Premium kit uses only 15 watts @120 VAC when the system is recharging vacuum. Keep in mind that the electrical consumption of your air compressor will vary. When the system cycles off, there is no electrical consumption at all!
Quality: The Project: V2 Premium system uses nearly all brass components. No flimsy plastics or cheap stamped metal parts are used.
Non-Proprietary Parts: Most of the parts used on this system can be readily found on the Internet or at your local hardware store.
Durability: The venturi comes with a full lifetime warranty. See the "More Info" tab above for more information.
Simplicity: The entire system can be built in 2 to 3 hours and the process of building your own vacuum pressing machine is very rewarding.
Weight: The V2 system weighs only 13 lbs and can easily be carried from one location to another.
Noise: The Vac Pro venturi has one other very welcomed improvement... an integrated silencer. We've never offered a better venturi!
Price: I checked around and the least expensive air powered vacuum press that draws the same amount of vacuum CFM was $700. With the instructions found at JoeWoodworker and the kit components at VeneerSupplies.com you can build the system for about half of that price.
The Project: V2 Premium system will pull a full vacuum more than twice as fast as the Vac-Pro Plus venturi system which allows it to be used with bags as large as 4' x 15'.
For a low voltage version of the system, opt for a 24v DC Mac valve which includes a 24v DC power transformer (for use with standard household current) with a 6' cord and the appropriate Mac valve. The standard voltage option adds a 10' power cord for standard household current. The high voltage option replaces the standard 120v AC Mac valve with a 220/240v AC (50/60 Hz) unit. No power cord is included with the 220/240v option. Please note that we do not provide support for the 220/240v AC version of this kit. You will need to consult an electrician for this type of wiring option.
Venturi Upgrade Option
The V2 Premium kit includes a very powerful venturi that pulls 5.5 CFM of vacuum flow using 7.8 CFM of compressed air. If that's not fast enough for you, the "Premium 9" option increases the vacuum flow from 5.5 to 9 CFM using 12.5 CFM of air pressure at 80 psi. It also includes an improved muffler. If you have a very large compressor, this is a great upgrade!
Gauge Upgrade Option
This upgrade swaps out the standard duty gauge with a stainless steel glycerine-filled gauge. Though this item is not necessary, it is definitely valuable for users who might subject the vacuum press to daily abuse.
What else do I need to complete my V2 vacuum press?
There are some additional parts that can be found at most hardware stores. Please see the kit instructions for the list of hardware store parts. For veneer work, you may also wish to order a vacuum bag, breather mesh, glue, and glue roller.
How does my altitude affect the maximum vacuum level of this system?
There is a loss of approximately 1" of Hg for every 1,000 feet above sea level. For example, at 5,000 feet above sea level the most vacuum this system will create is 20.5" of Hg. The generally accepted minimum for vacuum pressing a veneer is 17" of Hg.
Where can I find answers to several questions I have about this kit?
I've written a full page of frequently asked questions on this page of the JoeWoodworker website.
Why don't you include the kit instructions with the kit?
It would be too wasteful to print copies of the instructions. Most people have already printed a copy of the instructions before they order... something I highly recommend.
What are the warranty details?
The venturi is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship by VeneerSupplies.com for the life of the product. The additional components of this kit are warranted for 90 days. As defined by federal law, this is a limited, non-transferable warranty and is given exclusively to the original purchaser and applies only to Vac Pro™ vacuum generators (venturi) sold at VeneerSupplies.com by JWW Services Inc. for exclusive use in a vacuum press for veneering.
JWW Services Inc. disclaims any warranties, expressed or implied, whether of merchantability of fitness for particular use, except as expressly set forth herein. If at any time during the warranty period a Vac Pro™ venturi is found to have a defect in material or workmanship, JWW Services Inc. will, at our discretion, repair or replace it free of charge. The warranty is void if JWW Services Inc. determines that the venturi has been abused, misused, mishandled or tampered with in anyway whatsoever. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty. This warranty shall be declared null and void in the event that the venturi unit is found to be used in any industrial-use application. No implied warranty of this product is extended. Some states do not allow limitations of implied warranty so this limitation may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which may vary from state to state. This warranty only applies in the United States. JWW Services Inc. reserves the right to replace any product, which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function. JWW Services Inc. shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any venturi unit covered by this limited warranty. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, JWW Services Inc. shall notify the customer accordingly. The sole obligation of JWW Services Inc. under this limited warranty shall be to repair or replace the covered product, in accordance with the terms set forth herein. JWW Services Inc. expressly disclaims any lost sales, profits, general, special, indirect or consequential damages which may result from breach of any warranty, or arising out of the use or inability to use this product. Any warranties which are implied and which cannot be disclaimed shall be limited in duration to a term of 30 days from the date of original retail purchase. Warranty service products should be returned postage pre-paid to JWW Services Inc.
When returning products for warranty service include a note explaining the problem, a copy of the purchase receipt and a return shipping address. Return the unit with a check or money order in the amount of $10.00 to cover handling and return delivery charges. A return authorization number must be obtained from JWW Services Inc. in advance of return. Please call for an RMA number. This number must be displayed on the outside of your shipping container. Should a buyer provide JWW Services Inc. a delivery address that is incorrect, the buyer will be held responsible for the item(s). When sending a product back for warranty service, please be sure to get delivery confirmation or a tracking number, we will not be held responsible if a product is not received.
Review by Mark Horton
This venturi is a great choice for anyone who has a large compressor already at hand. It pulls down a 4x8 bag in no time, even testing it out with a 20 gallon Campbell Hausfield compressor. I don't see it needing any more air since it hardly cycles . I chose it because I didn't want a mist of oil contaminating wood that will be finished [from oil bath vacuum pumps]. Thanks to Joe and Christine for making the knowledge and tools available for veneering nearly effortless to people like me that are new to it. Thumbs up!
Review by Lewis Justis
Thanks Joe for great products that shipped and arrived as expected. The packaging protected the products with no damage at all. The instructions/plans for the vacuum generator made it a straight forward project and I am very happy with the results. My first veneer project, panels for 4 flat panel doors, turned out well and I learned a lot. Joe answered (by a quick return email) questions that I had prior to buying my system, and I believe that the product is as advertised and pricing is good too. I will definitely recommend this site to my fellow woodworkers looking to get into veneering economically and efficiently. Thanks again Joe.
Review by Jerry Mace
I looked around for a vacuum system for my CNC Router, and that wasn't too overpriced. I found Joe's vacuum system and it seemed like a perfect fit. I watched the videos and seen how easy it was to assemble the vacuum kit. I then decided to purchase the kit. I am an Engineer by profession and I must say that the Joe's vacuum kit is superbly put together. The instructions and kit are 100% accurate, went together very well without a hitch, and operates just as advertised. I would recommend this kit to anyone who is either a hobbyist or has a full fledged wood shop.
Review by Jeffrey Kibler
I had concerns about the air demand required for this system but it was no problem at all. I purchased the Premium 9 series venturi. My 60 gallon compressor laughed at this setup. I started at 150psi in the tank (regulator set at 90psi) and the reservoirs on the vacuum rig completely empty. It took less than 60 seconds to pull full vacuum on the bag and reservoirs and the compressor never had to kick on It was actually at 140 psi when i was done. I emptied the bag and did the entire test 3 more times before the compressor finally kicked on, so needless to say I can probably veneer something and the compressor would never even run. Also I can't believe how quite this thing is.
This is a great system. My compressor is rated for the proper scfm output, however the reserve capacity makes it a non-issue so far. Great great unit.
Review by Thomas Groller
Combine this with the information on this site, and you can produce awesome results. I feel this product can deliver for the professional and hobbyist as well. I set up using a 60 gal Puma compressor, the unit cycles maybe 4 times in an hour of pressing. The compressor didn't even need to boot up. I am very pleased with this kit and will be using it quite a bit in the future.
Review by Brian Noble-Marx
Wow! I got the V2 Premium 9, as I have an 80 gallon compressor, and it only takes about 45 seconds to evacuate the 4' x 8' bag. I laminated curved doors and flat panels and both were fast and easy. The kit is super simple to build. Great value.
Review by Max Neu
I just finished my V2 press kit,and I couldn't be happier with how well it went together.The instructions are very straight forward,and I was able to get it done in just a few hours as advertised. I made a test run with some scrap and everything looks great, and I was surprised how quiet it is, and how fast it clamped down on the work piece! I am excited to start using this system for some upcoming jobs.
Review by Lyn Baker
Bought this kit a while back, put it together, set it up and then shelved it until needed. Just used it for the first time 2 days ago. Very impressive, but a bit of a learning curve. I couldn't get the unit to 21" but only 15". Thought about it over night and realized that my compressor regulator was set at 80 psi instead of the 95-100 psi recommended. Once I upped the pressure, Viola! The other trick was to turn the switch on and off as the compressor cycled back up to full pressure. Definitely a fun project building the vacuum press and rewarding to see the first pieces of veneer come out of the bag. Worth the money, time and effort. Buy with confidence.
Review by Terry Spawn
I ordered the V2 premium 5 kit. I was very happy with the supplies. The order came within a few days and was complete. Following the excellent directions from this site I was able to assemble the kit in two short evenings. I was able to find the correct PVC locally and easily drilled and tapped the holes. I deal with a lot of vacuum systems at work, and thus have a lot of experience with vacuum pumps. I was very impressed with this small simple system for home use. The venturi is very high quality, and the system is very fast and easy to use with virtually no moving parts.
Review by Tom M
I chose a venturi system so that I could buy a compressor that would come in handy for other uses. If I had gone with a vacuum pump system, that would have been all it was good for. This way I can use the compressor for other air tools. It only takes a couple minutes to achieve vacuum pressure and I can go about other projects in my shop. The assembly was a piece of cake, and it is compact enough to store easily when I'm not using it.
Review by Randy Gengarelly
I am delighted with this press. The website instructions were very thorough and easy to follow. It evacuates a 2'x4' bag very quickly.
After a year of using it I still marvel at how powerful and quiet the venturi is. The evenly distributed pressure makes for beautifully veneered pieces. It's also great to have so much capability for so much less than other systems cost.
Review by Tony Clark
Brought this kit and have been able to build it successfully. Joe has been extremely helpful answering all questions promptly.
Cant say anything other than this is great kit, with great personal service to back it up.
Review by Casey Cloud
Just wanted to thank you, I recieved you kit today, and it is truely all its cracked up to be. I put the kit together in about an hour, fired it up, it worked as I hoped it would. Perfectly!! I love the product, and will soon be buying some veneer for my kitchen cabinets. Thanks again!! great product, great delivery time, great packaging. I can not wait to get to it. Thanks again. You will be seeing me again real soon.
Review by L. Jackson
I've been building custom tables and chairs for 15 years and recently I decided to add burl veneers to my models. The customers love the burls and are willing to pay more for it. So I invested in this system and I couldn't be happier. The Project V2 kit is very easy to build and the Premium version pulls down a 4x8 vacuum bag in less than 2 minutes.
Review by Frank Carpenter
Just want to thank you folks for the Premium V2 kit. The unit arrived in two days and assembled complete in about 3 hours. I used 4" PVC for the reserve tanks (because I had it) and the system pulls 24" with ease and impressive speed. I have used a friends commercial system and was alarmed at how hard it worked the compressor. In your kit, the vacuum reserve made all the difference and put his $460 box to shame.
A great product at a fair price, can't ask for more than that.
Review by Mike Carter
I bought this kit several weeks ago and decided to wait to put it together until I had a full weekend to work on building the system. Well I can tell you that was a stupid misappropriation of my time. I thought it would take a day or two to assemble. I HAD IT ASSEMBLED IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS! By dinner time, I was already pressing panels. And the first veneer panel I pressed came out perfectly. So the point of my review is to let everyone know that this kit is a piece of cake to assemble. I'm blown away by the quality of Joe's instructions and his totally incredible personal service. One last comment - Buy the 6" glue roller with your kit. It is a real time saver. A+A+A+A+A+
Review by Christopher Tooher
All I can say to Joe is thanks so much. I built the entire unit in about 3 hours and it was so simple. Print out the PDF instructions on this site and it takes you through the assembly step by step. It is a very quiet unit. Make sure that you buy the tap so you can thread the PVC end cap for a good seal. I hung the completed unit on the wall in my shop next to an outlet and an air line. Joe has done a tremendous service by putting this package together. It is well worth the money.
Review by Dave Martin
Joe, Just received my parts Friday. Every thing is first rate. My V2 Premium unit works great. Your web site puts other so called professional sites to shame. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. Dave